IUP ROUNDUP: Lacrosse team off to best start in history
March 31, 2013 2:50 AM

IUP jumped on Edinboro early and breezed to a 21-6 win in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference women’s lacrosse game Saturday as the Crimson Hawks improved to 5-0 for the best start in program history.

IUP scored four goals in the opening 5 minutes, 16 seconds of the game, surged to a 12-4 lead at halftime and clamped down on defense in the second half.

In addition to outscoring Edinboro 9-2 in the second half, IUP limited the Fighting Scots to five shots and only three shots on goal.

Alexa Lodovici and Colleen Berlin scored four goals apiece to lead the Crimson Hawks, while Sarah Ward, Michelle Zakrzewski and Drew Hayden each had a hat trick.

Brenna Gallagher, Brittney Palardy, Amy Weinberg and Lillienne Kane added a goal apiece for IUP. Lodovici added three assists and finished with seven points. A senior, she leads the PSAC in points per game (8.20), and she ranks fourth in the conference in goals scored with 21 and third in goals per game (4.20).

IUP leads the PSAC in scoring (21 goals per game) and has netted 20-plus goals in four of its five games while winning by an average margin of 13 goals.

Since the inception of the lacrosse program at IUP in 1998, the 2000 team achieved the best start at 4-0.

IUP plays its home opener on Tuesday against Shippensburg.

BASEBALL: In both games of Saturday’s PSAC West doubleheader at Mercyhurst, the Crimson Hawks fell apart late, giving up a four-run sixth inning in each game, to get swept by the Lakers, 4-0 and 5-4.

In the second game, IUP had the tying run on third base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Crimson Hawks couldn’t capitalize.

IUP shortstop Robbie Zinsmeister drew a walk in the seventh, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Ryan Uhl struck out to end the game, and IUP lost three of four games in the weekend set with the Lakers. After the teams exchanged runs in the first inning, IUP took a 4-1 lead with a three- run fifth inning. With one out and runners on second and third, Dylan Tice hit a two- run single to give IUP a 3-1 lead, and Uhl followed with a double to make it 4-1.

But an error in the next inning proved costly for IUP, which outhit Mercyhurst 9-6 in the second game.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Mercyhurst’s Anthony Tomasone reached on an error by Zinsmeister, allowing a run to score and cutting IUP’s lead to 4-2.

Austin Mock relieved Quiggle, but Stephen Scaccia greeted him with a bases- clearing double, and Mercyhurst took the lead for good.

Zinsmeister went 2-for-3, Uhl was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Tice was 1-for-4 with two RBIs for IUP in the second game.

Quiggle took the loss, giving up five hits and three walks in 5 2-3 innings. Only one of the five runs he gave up was earned.

In the opener, IUP mustered just four hits against a Lakers’ pitching staff that ranks second in the PSAC in batting average against (.222). Aaron Lupia went 2-for-3.

After being limited to four hits through the first five innings, the Lakers got to IUP’s Kyle Zaorski in the fifth.

With two outs and runners on first and third, Mercyhurst strung together three straight hits to take a 4-0 lead.

Zaorski went 5 2-3 innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks. Due to unplayable conditions at IUP’s Dougherty Field, all four games were played in Erie, but IUP played as the home team Saturday.

The Crimson Hawks, who have twice rescheduled their home opener already, are scheduled to welcome Mansfield on Tuesday in their home opener.

TENNIS: Playing its home opener, IUP breezed past Edinboro, 9-0, in a PSAC West match at the Maple Street Courts to run its winning streak to seven straight.

Tanya Timko and Ranvita Mahto also extended their personal winning streaks in singles play to seven.

Mahto won 6-0, 6-0, and Timko scored a 6-1, 6-2 win.

Playing at the No. 1 singles spot for just the fourth time all season — usually occupied by Katie Eaton — Timko finally notched her first win in that spot while improving to 18-8 overall on the season.

Also recording singles wins for IUP were Alanna McFail (6-0, 6-0), Emilia Osborne (6-1, 6-2), Erika Schnaas (6-4, 6-4) and Katie Eaton (6-3, 6-2).

With her victory, Eaton matched Timko for the team lead with 18 singles wins this season.

In doubles play, Eaton and Schnaas won 8-1, Osborne and Timko won 8-2 and McFail and Abby McCormick won 8-0.

IUP (10-6) welcomes Slippery Rock on Tuesday.

SOFTBALL: Two-time defending PSAC champion IUP couldn’t generate any offense against Bloomsburg and lost both ends of a doubleheader, 1-0 and 6-0.

Bloomsburg’s Cait Paine and Caitlin O’Connor fired complete-game shutouts while holding IUP to five hits on the day.

In the opener, Paine struck out the first eight IUP batters of the game. She gave up just two hits and one walk.

IUP starter Alexa Campbell held the Huskies scoreless despite allowing nine hits.

Bloomsburg finally broke through in the seventh, getting a two-out single from Mandi Baer.

Paine finished with 15 strikeouts, the fourth straight game against IUP in which she’s struck out at least 15 Crimson Hawks.

O’Connor held IUP to three hits in the second game, and Bloomsburg (16-4, 2-0 PSAC Central) scored in every inning but the first.

Jasa Mitchell went 2-for-3 in the second game, and she also had one of IUP’s two hits in the opener.

Tara Senn (2-2) took the loss in Game 2. She gave up six runs — four earned — on 11 hits in six innings.

IUP (10-7, 0-2 PSAC Central) welcomes Clarion in its home opener Friday.

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